'No more waiting': Duterte vows to cut red tape
MANILA - Three days.
That's the window that will be given to government offices to process business permits and clearances, presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday.
Duterte vowed to end corruption and red tape in government using the same style he applied to Davao, where he has served as mayor for over 20 years.
"Ang problema sa gobyernong ito is corruption. Pagdating ng applicant for clearance or whatever documents that need government intervention, people are made to wait until they die. This has to change. I don’t want to see people queuing," Duterte said on Monday.
"My proposal is--in all government institutions--I will see that the clearances and business permits are given 72 hours. After 72 hours, you are no longer allowed to release the documents or papers. You have to forward it to me, and I will ask you why it took you more than three days to process the papers,” he added.
The Philippines is still poorly ranked in ease of doing business rankings, placing 103rd in last year's World Bank report.
Currently, the process of starting a business in the Philippines takes 6 steps and 8 days.
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